F=ma Advanced/AP Physics 1

The F = ma Advanced/AP Physics 1 course introduces the more matured student to physics. All mechanics topics required for the F=ma Exam will be taught from an experienced beginner level. Math topics needed beyond Algebra 2 will be taught, including basic trigonometry.

The focus will still be on practice and problem solving.

Target Competitions

Target Grades

8-11

Who should Take This Course

Course Prerequisites:

  • AMC 10/12 Year-round Basic*
  • or AMC 10/12 Summer Camp*
  • or F=ma Basic*
  • or Algebra 2 equivalent
  • or 1st-year high school physics course
  • or AP Physics 1 (or AP Physics C Mechanics)

(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course)

A scientific calculator is required and preferred over a graphing calculator.

F=ma Advanced will not go over electric charges or DC circuits. It is recommended that students simultaneously work from The Princeton Review: Cracking the AP Physics 1 Exam 2019, Premium Edition.

Exam Weeks

Practice Exams will be given/solved.

Homework

There are weekly homework sets.

Resources

Lecture notes and problem solutions will be available on the learning management system (LMS).

Curriculum

F=ma Advanced is a year-long course with the first half in the fall and the second half in the spring. F=ma Advanced is also offered as a 3-week long Summer Camp with 15 instructional days.

As a year-long course:

WeeksFallSpring
1AlgebraWork & Energy Part 1
2TrigonometryWork & Energy Part 2
31-D Kinematics
Momentum Part 1
42-D KinematicsMomentum Part 2
5Dynamics Part 1Exam Week
6Dynamics Part 2 Rotations & Torque Part 1
7Dynamics Part 3Rotations & Torque Part 2
8Exam WeekAngular Momentum Part 1
9Circular Motion Part 1Angular Momentum Part 2
10Circular Motion Part 2Periodic Motion; Fluids; Error Propagation
11GravityExam Week
12Exam WeekExam Week

As a Summer Camp:

DayLesson
1Algebra; Trigonometry
2Kinematics
3Dynamics
4Circular Motion
5Gravity
6Exam
7Work & Energy
8Momentum & Collisions
9Rotations & Torque
10Angular Momentum
11Periodic Motion; Fluids
12Extra Day
13Exam
14Exam
15Exam; Award Ceremony

High School Analog

AlphaStar CourseHigh School AnalogComments
F = ma BasicFirst-year high school physics course
F = ma AdvancedAP Physics 1 without DC CircuitsThough the curriculum is similar, F = ma Advanced problems are more challenging than AP Physics 1 problems.

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